2020 Latin Grammy Nominations: J Balvin, Bad Bunny and Ozuna Lead While Nicki Minaj Picks Up Two

The 2020 Latin Grammys will honor the best and brightest talent in Latin music on Nov. 19, and their long list of nominees includes nods for J Balvin, Bad Bunny, Nicki Minaj, and many more.

The Latin Recording Academy (LARAS) came under fire in 2019 for their lack of Urban Latino artists being nominated that sparked a movement on social media declaring ″Without reggaeton, there's no Latin Grammys,″ which was supported by artists like Balvin, Nicky Jam, Karol G, and Natti Natasha. Something which has been rectified this year with the addition of the Best Reggaeton Performance and Best Rap/Hip-Hop categories as well as the serious consideration of the genre in major categories.

Balvin takes the lead with a whopping 13 nominations including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Reggaeton Performance, Best Urban Fusion Performance, Best Urban Music Album, and Best Rap/Hip-Hop Song. Bad Bunny will face off against longtime collaborator Balvin with a total of nine nominations intersecting in all but two categories (Best Urban Song and Best Short Form Music Video).

Rounding out the top three is Ozuna, who earned eight nominations in the Record of the Year, Best Urban Fusion Performance, Best Reggaeton Performance, and Best Urban Song.

Minaj is celebrating her first two Latin Grammy nominations ever: Record of the Year and Song of the Year for her collaboration with Karol G, ″Tusa."

Other notable talent includes Anuel AA with 7 nominations, Karol G; Residente; and Rosalia with four each, Juanes; Ricky Martin; and Natalia Lafourcade have three nods each, and Sebastian Yatra; Debi Nova; and Mon Laferte have two each.

″Over the last year, we continued engaging in discussions with our members to improve the awards process and actively encouraged diverse Latin music creators to join and participate,″ said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy, in a statement. ″Today, we are proud to unveil the nominees for the 21st Annual Latin Grammy Awards — a group that reflects the constant evolution of Latin music. Our Academy is stronger than ever as members are engaged, better informed, and committed to elevating and honoring musical excellence across all genres of Latin music. This year's class of nominees is the result of a resilient and genuine awards process.″

The 21st Annual Latin Grammy Awards telecast will air live from Miami on Univision at 8 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. CT).

See the full list of 2020 Latin Grammy Award nominees below.

Record of the Year

″China″ — Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, Karol G Featuring Ozuna & J Balvin

″Cuando Estés Aquí″ — Pablo Alborán

″Vete″ — Bad Bunny

″Solari Yacumenza″ — Bajofondo Featuring Cuareim 1080

″Rojo″ — J Balvin

″Tutu″ — Camilo Featuring Pedro Capó

″Lo Que En Ti Veo″ — Kany García & Nahuel Pennisi

″Tusa″ — Karol G & Nicki Minaj

″René″ — Residente

″Contigo″ — Alejandro Sanz

Album of the Year

YHLQMDLG — Bad Bunny

Oasis — J Balvin & Bad Bunny

Colores — J Balvin

Por Primera Vez — Camilo

Mesa para Dos — Kany García

Aire (Versión Día) — Jesse & Joy

Un Canto Por México, Vol. 1 — Natalia Lafourcade

Pausa — Ricky Martin

La Conquista del Espacio — Fito Páez

Cumbiana — Carlos Vives

Song of the Year

″ADMV″ — Vicente Barco, Edgar Barrera, Maluma & Stiven Rojas, songwriters (Maluma)

″Bonita″ — Juanes, Mauricio Rengifo, Andrés Torres & Sebastián Yatra, songwriters (Juanes & Sebastián Yatra)

″Codo Con Codo″ — Jorge Drexler, songwriter (Jorge Drexler)

″El Mismo Aire″ — Edgar Barrera, Camilo, Jon Leone, Richi López & Juan Morelli, songwriters (Camilo)

″For Sale″ — Alejandro Sanz & Carlos Vives, songwriters (Alejandro Sanz & Carlos Vives)

″#ELMUNDOFUERA (Improvisación)″ — Alejandro Sanz, songwriter (Alejandro Sanz)

″Lo Que En Ti Veo″ — Kany García, songwriter (Kany García & Nahuel Pennisi)

″René″ — Residente, songwriter (Residente)

″Tiburones″ — Oscar Hernández & Pablo Preciado, songwriters (Ricky Martin)

″Tusa″ — Kevyn Mauricio Cruz Moreno, Karol G, Nicki Minaj & Daniel Oviedo Echavarría, songwriters (Karol G & Nicki Minaj)

″Tutu″ — Camilo, Jon Leone & Richi López, songwriters (Camilo Featuring Pedro Capó)

Best New Artist

Anuel AA

Rauw Alejandro

Mike Bahía


Conociendo Rusia

Soy Emilia


Nicki Nicole

Nathy Peluso



Best Pop Vocal Album

Spoiler — Aitana

Prisma — Beret

Por Primera Vez — Camilo

Más Futuro Que Pasado — Juanes

Pausa — Ricky Martin

 Best Reggaeton Performance (new category)

Yo Perreo Sola — Bad Bunny

Morado — J Balvin

Loco Contigo — Dj Snake & J Balvin Featuring Tyga

Porfa — Feid & Justin Quiles

Chicharrón — Guaynaa Featuring Cauty

Te Soñé de Nuevo — Ozuna

Si Te Vas — Sech & Ozuna

Best Contemporary/Tropical Fusion Album

Energía Para Regalar — El Caribefunk

Mi Derriengue — Riccie Oriach

Mariposas — Omara Portuondo

Alter Ego — Prince Royce

Cumbiana — Carlos Vives

Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album

Antología de la Música Ranchera — Aida Cuevas

Hecho en México — Alejandro Fernández

A Los 4 Vientos Vol. 1 ″Ranchero″ — Eugenia León

Bailando Sones y Huapangos con El Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández — Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández

AYAYAY! — Christian Nodal

 Best Portuguese Language Song

″A Tal Canção Pra Lua (Microfonado)″ — Vitor Kley, songwriter (Vitor Kley & Samuel Rosa)

″Abricó-De-Macaco″ — Francisco Bosco & João Bosco, songwriters (João Bosco)

″Amarelo (Sample: Sujeito de Sorte – Belchior)″ — Dj Duh, Emicida & Felipe Vassão, songwriters (Emicida Featuring Majur & Pabllo Vittar)

″Libertação″ — Russo Passapusso, songwriter (Elza Soares & BaianaSystem Featuring Virgínia Rodrigues)

″Pardo" — Caetano Veloso, songwriter (Céu)

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